Saturday, February 26, 2011


100 g whole rye flour
100 g whole buckwheat flour
100 g white buckwheat flour (or all whole or white buckwheat flour)
4 g salt
225 g water

175 g water (lukewarm)
6 g instant yeast
all soaker
295 g bread flour
4 g salt
16 g honey
1 tsp. coriander, ground
½ tsp. anise seeds, ground


In the morning, stir together soaker ingredients, until well hydrated. Cover, and let sit at room temperature.

In the evening, stir together water and instant yeast. Add to other ingredient for final dough, and mix (with paddle attachment) on lowest speed for 1 minute (or by hand). Let dough sit for 5 minutes.

With dough hook (or by hand), knead on medium-low speed, for 2 min. Dough should be very supple and sticky. Continue to mix for 4 min. more. Dough will still be sticky.

Transfer dough to floured work surface, and, with wet or oiled hands, stretch and fold dough (pull one side up and fold it over itself, repeat this maneuver with other three sides). Let rest for 10 min, and repeat stretches and folds 3 more times (total time 40 minutes). Gather dough into a ball, place in a lightly oiled bowl (seam side down), cover and refrigerate overnight.


Remove dough from refrigerator 2 hrs. before using.

Preheat oven to 475 F/250 C, including steam pan. Divide dough in 2 equal pieces. Shape 2 boules, and proof in bannetons (seam side up) or on parchment lined baking sheet (seam side down), for ca. 45 - 60 minutes, or until grown to 1 1/2 times their original size.

Score breads crosswise. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 F/200 C, rotate 180 degrees, and continue baking for another 15 minutes (internal temperature at least 200 F/93 C, and bread should sound hollow when thumped on bottom).

Let breads cool on wire rack.


  1. Hanseata -
    This looks great! When my husband (German-American extraction) and I traveledd in Germany one of the high spots of the day was breakfast: great bread (for both of us) and protein (for Ron!). I am on a journey to find great whole grain breads, similar to the ones we loved in Germany, and this looks like one that "fits the bill."
    I'll definitely have to try it.
    By the way, because I don't know anyone around here with the same interests, I've started a blog for interaction with other like minded people. My blog is
    I'm looking forward to many learning experiences from your site! And, if you have comments to help improve my own baking, I'd love to hear from you, too. As I may have indicated, I am a beginner with an eye to making whole grain, substantial breads similar to the incredible breads we enjoyed in Germany.

  2. Thanks, Pam! I will check into your blog, and I'm happy to share my recipes with you. By the way, at great resource for hobby artisan bakers is the website: You should look into it, it's all kinds of bakers, from beginners to experts, and from all over the world.
    Happy baking,